Time Out for Inspiration! -Illustrator to know: Kay Neilsen & Virginia Frances Sterrett (Similar but different)
Kay Rasmus Nielsen (March 12, 1886 – June 21, 1957) was a Danish illustrator who was popular in the early 20th century, the "golden age of illustration" which lasted from when Daniel Vierge and other pioneers developed printing technology to the point that drawings and paintings could be reproduced with reasonable facility. Nielsen is also known for his collaborations with Disney for whom he contributed many story sketches and illustrations, not least for Fantasia.
Virginia Frances Sterrett (/ˈstɛrɪt/; 1900–1931) was an American artist and illustrator. If Virginia Frances Sterrett‘s life was like a fairy tale, it was one of those sad ones where the heroine turned to seafoam or died in the cold, or was otherwise written by Hans Christian Andersen, and you wondered why anybody wanted to read it at all, except the grownups seemed to find it inspiring or something. Sterrett was born in 1900, and as a mere teenager she was given a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago based on her work alone. At the age of 19, however, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and after a twelve year battle with the disease, died. Within that time, however, she complete the illustrations for three books, including an adaptation of The Arabian Nights. Here are six illustrations from her first commissioned work, Old French Fairy Tales."